I am not sure where to put this…but the General Discussion sounds like a pretty solid place.
Earlier today, I found myself with thirty minutes of free time, an agitated stomach, and a wanderlust; so, I went into my local mall and browsed a bit. Toward the end of my browsing, I stopped by our local Walden's Book Store, which is the only place in town known to carry manga (aside from Wal-Mart). This isn't something I normally do, so I thought, hey, why not check out the store just for the heck of it?
I looked around aimlessly; nothing noteworth happened. However, as I was about to leave, a young (as in, six year old) boy stepped into the store, accompanied by his mother and grandmother.
This boy marched right up to the manga section and demanded of me, "Where is Naruto?". Before I could answer, the clerk of the store directed pointed to the rows of Naruto manga right next to me; the boy promptly grabbed one, ran back to his mother, and demanded, "Mommy, please buy me this colouring book!"
His mother said no, and ordered him to return the tanko; after he did, he started to fondle one of the Naruto toys that was hung near the manga shelves.
I couldn't resist the chance.
"Excuse me, young man" I asked. "You are a fan of Naruto, are you not?"
He responded, "Yup".
"Well, what do you think of One Piece"?
He paused for a moment, and then exclaimed, "I don't like it".
I thanked him, and proceeded to leave. But he called for my attention.
"Can I ask you a question?"
I wasn't puzzled (it was a fair request), so I permitted him to shoot.
The boy removed the Naruto toy from the shelf and thrust it into my face.
"Will you buy this for my birthday?"
Yeah. This would probably be blog material, but I hate blogs and it seemed relevant to Arlong Park (in some distant manner), so I thought I would share.